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Fellowship proposals due June 1

All candidates for Fellowship who want to be considered at the November 1998 Credentials Subcommittee meeting must submit Fellowship proposals to ACP's Member Records Section before June 1. Supporting letters from two ACP Masters or Fellows and current curriculum vitaes must accompany the proposals, which ACP staff will then forward to the appropriate ACP Governors.

For an advancement to Fellowship inquiry kit, contact the Customer Service Department, (800) 523-1546, ext. 2600, or (215) 351-2600.

New resolutions due June 24

The deadline for submitting new resolutions to be heard at the September Board of Governors meeting is June 24. ACP members may initiate a resolution addressing any issue or topic by submitting it to their Governor and/or chapter council. A resolution so initiated becomes a resolution of the chapter.

New resolutions and recommendations for follow-up are acted up-on by the Board of Governors and presented to the Board of Regents. Recommendations accepted by the Board of Regents are generally referred to a committee, task force or work group, and/or College division for follow-up.

Since 1985, the Board of Governors has acted upon 132 resolutions, most of which originated at the chapter level.

ACP chapters present Laureate Awards

ACP chapters have presented 10 individuals with Laureate Awards since December.

Laureate Awards honor ACP Fellows and Masters who have demonstrated an abiding commitment to excellence in medical care, education and research, as well as service to their community, their region and the College. (For more information on the Laureate Awards, talk to your local Governor.)

Here is a list of the individuals who recently have won a Laureate award and the sponsoring chapter:

  • Air Force
    George E. Crawford, MD, FACP

    Colorado
    Barry W. Frank, FACP
    J. Stephen Kroger, FACP

    Louisiana
    Charles V. Sanders, FACP
    William M. Wilder, FACP

    Mississippi
    James L. Achord, FACP

    New Mexico
    Richard W. Honsinger Jr., FACP

    North Carolina
    T. Reginald Harris, FACP

    Virginia
    H. Courtenay Harrison Sr., MD
    John A. Owen Jr., MD

Guidelines translated into Spanish for Central America

Members of the College's Central America Chapter and the Panamanian Society of Internal Medicine have created a Spanish version of inpatient care guidelines based on ACP's clinical guidelines.

According to Rosendo Gonzalez-Gomis, FACP, the College's Governor for Central America, medical leaders in the region wanted to standardize care but needed guidelines in Spanish. Franklin Herrera-Espino, ACP Member, directed and edited the project, while Dr. Gonzalez-Gomis and Jorge Motta, FACP, past Governor for ACP's Central America Chapter, reviewed and wrote a foreword to the project.

Copies of the guidelines have been distributed to internists, family physicians, general practitioners, medical residents and medical students throughout Panama and other Central American countries. The guidelines will be updated every two years.

New chair for Ethics and Human Rights Committee

ACP Regent Risa J. Lavizzo-Mourey, FACP, will become Chair of the ACP Ethics and Human Rights Committee in June. She will succeed Lloyd W. Kitchens Jr., FACP, whose four-year term as Chair will expire.

The Ethics and Human Rights Committee develops College policy on ethical and bioethical issues, upholds ethical standards in medicine and develops and implements College policy on human rights issues. Most recently, the committee revised the "ACP Ethics Manual," which was published in the April 1 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.

ACP launches newsgroup for residents

Residents and other College members can discuss issues that affect housestaff in a new newsgroup located at ACP's Web site. The newsgroup, which is for College members only, also features discussions about ongoing ACP projects for residents. The newsgroup is located at http://www.acponline.org/auth-cgi/readnews.pl?g=residents.

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